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European Political Co-operation Comes of Age (1978–1981)

Simon J. Nuttall

in European Political Co-operation

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198273189
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273189.003.0006
European Political Co-operation Comes of Age (1978–1981)

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This chapter discusses the maturation of the European Political Co-operation (EPC) during the period from 1978–1981. It is widely held that after 1977 the EPC had reached a plateau and for two years it became little more than a forum for the exchange of diplomatic information. The EPC was shaken out of its complacency by the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan and its failure to deal with the crisis. This led the EPC to rethink its working methods, which resulted in the Venice Declaration of 1980 and the formulation of policies for the Afghanistan issue. After both initiatives failed, the EPC strengthened its working methods by adopting the London Report and launching the movement which would lead to the Stuttgart Solemn Declaration.

Keywords: European Political Co-operation; Soviet Union; Afghanistan; working methods; Venice Declaration; London Report; Stuttgart Solemn Declaration; diplomatic information; political co-operation

Chapter.  12478 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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